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A Waterway Guide to Father's Day Activities

Date Posted: 2018-06-13
Source: Lisa Suhay, WG News Editor



While there are hundreds of activities and events nationwide we have curated a few to help get your Father’s Day under way.

No matter what you do to honor your father on his special day these selections by Waterway Guide should help make your plans sail along smoothly.

Go Fishing With Dad

It's not always easy to find that perfect Father's Day gift. And while dads everywhere appreciate the effort it takes to look for that perfect present, they'd really like nothing more than to spend quality time with their kids.

And when it comes to quality family time, it's tough to beat a fishing trip with pops. Chances are, he feels the same way about spending time with his family, no matter how old his kids are.

It doesn't hurt to have a boat, but even if you don't, that's not a problem. You can hire a guide, or just keep things simple and take him fishing from a pier, the banks of a neighborhood pond, a river, or a public park.

In NOLA - When was the last time you went fishing? You've got plenty of options in Southeast Louisiana. One option is Myrtle Grove Marina in Port Sulphur, in Plaquemines Parish, where you can simply dock fish if you like. 

For a bounty of fishing advice, check out stories by's fishing expert, Todd Masson.

In Absecon, New Jersey

Spend some time with your old man on the sea with Time Out Fishing Charters in Absecon. Time Out Fishing Charters offers trips of various lengths, and Captain Scott Newhall can take you to backwater creeks, channels and inlets or to the ocean, depending on what you want to catch. Should your father choose to accept the age-old battle of man vs. fish, Captain Scott’s Sweet Melissa II is the boat to be on. Pick up locations vary. Go to for information.

A trip to the Maritime Museum Near You


Searsport, ME - On Saturday, June 16,  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Penobscot Marine Museum will hold its first scheduled model boat race in its newly constructed model boat pond. Celebrate Father’s Day by digging out your remote control or sailing pond model and take it for a spin. Use of the model pond is free with Museum admission or membership.

PMM Visitors Center, 2 Church Street, Searsport, ME. For more information call the Visitors Center 207-548-0334 or Administrative Offices at 207-548-2529 or visit

Hudson River Maritime Museum honors fathers June 15-17

The Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, will host two vessels while offering various events during Father’s Day weekend.

The museum will be welcoming to its docks the Corning Museum of Glass’ GlassBarge and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s replica canal schooner Lois McClure. The GlassBarge was created to celebrate the Erie Canal’s bicentennial. Its stadium-like seating and free glass blowing demonstrations, gives its audience an experience of a lifetime. The GlassBarge started its travel on May 17 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Kingston is one of its stops as it makes its way to Corning.

The Lois McClure is operated by the Lake Champlain Maritime museum in Vergennes, Vermont. This canal boat is a replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat. This replica was created by studying two shipwrecks located in Burlington Harbor in Vermont. The two shipwrecks are now part of the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve System.

Events at the museum get underway with “History Happy Hour” on Friday, June 15, at 5 p.m. for front-row seats to a GlassBarge glassblowing demonstration, a private tour of the Lois McClure, and a wine and cheese mixer for up to two guests, all for a $100 donation.

Boatbuilding Workshop

Portsmouth, NH -The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke, a partnership between Piper Boatworks of Rye and Strawbery Banke Museum, is offering a special Father’s Day edition of their signature HANDS ON BOATS program on Sunday, June 17.

Any father-child duo will receive a25 percent discount off the registration fee for the second person. Normally open only to adults, the Boatshop is also welcoming children over age 12 and their father for a full or half day of boatbuilding as part of this special program.

The HANDS ON BOATS program is a chance to learn by doing alongside a master boatbuilder. The project currently underway in the Boatshop is a replica of a Piscataqua River Wherry.

The cost for a full program day, which includes lunch, for Dad is $130 museum members/ $145 non-members; and the second discounted admission is $97.5 members/$108.75 non-members. A half day admission for Dad is $79.20 museum members/ $88 non-members; and the second discounted admission is $59.25 members/ $66 non-members.

Regular HANDS ON BOATS session days are offered each month through October.

Space is limited and preregistration is required. For additional details and to register, please visit

The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke explores and celebrates maritime skills, experiences and traditions through hands-on boat building, workshops, lectures and other activities. Launched in 2016, the Boatshop at Strawbery Banke is a partnership between Piper Boatworks of Rye, New Hampshire and Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Located on the grounds of the historic museum, the Boatshop at Strawbery Banke is an opportunity to reconnect to this region’s rich maritime history and to provide a place where modern day sailors, boaters and maritime enthusiasts can gather and learn. For more information call 603-686-2232.

No boat? No problem!



The Villages, FL - The Lake Sumter Line will host special Father’s Day boat rides Sunday for area fathers and grandfathers.

Scott Grimes, the Laurel Manor Recreation Center facilities manager, oversees the tour. He said Lake Sumter Line tries to put on at least one themed ride each month.

The ride costs $2, and it has many similarities to the rides that happen most other days of the year. The tour is narrated, and during the 20-minute ride the first mates talk about the legends of the Lake Sumter area.

Tickets for the boat rides can’t be bought in advance, so residents who want to take the tour need to buy their tickets at the dock, which is behind Haagen-Dazs and R.J. Gator’s. The tickets are first come, first served.

The boat tour is open to everyone, and children and grandchildren are encouraged to ride as well. For information, call 352-751-7110.

Moline, IL - A perfect day for breakfast at marina.

Coast Guard Auxiliary at Sunset Marina will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the marina at the end of 31st Avenue in Rock Island. And also, the fare will be the same: pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice, and coffee or milk for $6 or $3 for children 12 and under.

There also will be the usual bilge sale. To snag a valuable piece of boating equipment just bring money. If you want to leave with more money than you came with just bring a piece of boating equipment you no longer need.

You can set up a table of your own or, if you have just a couple of items, you can put them on the community table with a tag telling the price, your name and telephone number. Stop by after noon and pick up your item of money.

Boatsetter Rental

If you can't quite afford to treat dad to a luxury yacht experience create your own "fishing extravaganza" without having to break the bank.

Boatsetter is like an Airbnb for boats. It's one way to rent anything from a luxury yacht to a small fishing boat. Your own designated captain is included so you and your dad can cruise along the coast hassle-free this Father's Day.

NOLA - Ride on a PT Boat


This one's a splurge, but if Dad's a history buff, he'd probably enjoy a ride on the world's only fully restored combat-veteran PT boat in operation today. The ride is offered by the National WWII Museum and costs $350 for adults, and $305 for seniors, military members, children and museum members. Seating is limited; the event is offered each Saturday, including June 16. Click here for more details.

No matter what activity you choose there's nothing so much fun as spending the day on the water with your dad. Happy Father's Day from Waterway Guide.

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